Sunday 17 December 2017

Step into the Seamus Heaney Experience

Northern Ireland is home to many a literary legend, but perhaps none more legendary than the Nobel Laureate, Seamus Heaney.

This autumn, step into the Seamus Heaney experience and explore his beloved home place, Bellaghy. Discover the life and literature, and the faces and places that inspired Northern Ireland’s most famous son.

Seamus Heaney HomePlace

On 30th September 2016, HomePlace – an arts and literary centre dedicated to the life and work of the late poet – opened for the first time.

The centre spans two floors and visitors can enjoy recordings, photographs and personal stories, as well as listen to Heaney read his own words. The first season’s programme is now available with a series of exhibitions, workshops, tours and performances.

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Stay in Heaney Country

For an immersive Seamus Heaney experience, plan a break in 4* Laurel Villa Guest House in Maghaerfelt, just a short drive away from HomePlace. This homely, family-run property is owned and managed by husband and wife team Eugene & Geraldine Kielt.

Not only is this a gorgeous Victorian property built in 1872, but the Kielt family were honoured to be involved in Heaney’s life, and as a fitting tribute, the property is littered with his legacy.

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Laurel Villa Guest House has created its own unique Seamus Heaney Exhibition showcasing a rare collection of Heaney first editions and broadsides. For literary connoisseurs, this is more than just a guest house.

Tours of Heaney Country

Learn and explore more of Heaney’s native home land in Co. Londonderry with a bespoke 5* Tour of Heaney Country led by Blue Badge tour guide, Eugene Kielt.

Tailored for individuals or groups, Eugene will personally escort you to key points where you will discover the inspirational people and places behind some of Heaney’s most famous works.


Visit his birthplace at Mossbawn, the villages of Castledawson and Toome, and the renowned Turf Man sculpture – a life size representation of Digging.

If you’ve been inspired to explore the heartland of one of Northern Ireland’s most famous writers, visit and start planning your literary short break.

Sponsored by: Discover Northern Ireland

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